In the first round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs, we saw just how good the Bruins could be. After a slight setback in Game 1, they dominated the Red Wings like the top-seed they are and reeled off four straight convincing wins. The first round saw a number of playoff firsts for some of the team’s young contributors, a postseason assist from the team’s recently named Vezina finalist, more than half of the team’s forwards scoring goals, the power-play unit being on fire, Boston’s successful coach hitting a playoff milestone and the first time a 500-goal scorer had ever accomplished something in the postseason. This is Boston Bruins: Eastern Conference Quarterfinals By The Numbers.
1: The Bruins lost Game 1 to the Red Wings, 1-0, marking the first time this season they lost a game in which they gave up only one goal. Their last 1-0 loss (regular or postseason) was on Feb. 28, 2012 against the Senators.
1: Kevan Miller made his postseason debut in the 4-1 Bruins win in Game 2.
1: Dougie Hamilton scored the first goal of his playoff career in Game 3 to give the Bruins the 1-0 lead exactly 9:00 in after he had beaten Jimmy Howard, but hit the post just a few minutes earlier. Jordan Caron followed that up with his first career postseason goal about seven minutes later to give the B’s a 2-0 lead.
1: Miller picked up his first career playoff point with an assist on the Caron goal and Carl Soderberg picked up his first playoff point with an assist in Game 4.
1.16: Rask is second among all goalies after Tuesday’s games with a 1.16 goals-against average in the first round of the playoffs.
1.20: Boston leads the league with just 1.20 goals against per game in the first round, well ahead of second-place Chicago, which allowed 2.33 goals per game.
2: Smith and Justin Florek each scored their first career playoff goals in their second career playoff games in Game 2.
2: Torey Krug picked up his second career multi-point playoff game in Game 2 with two assists in the win. It was his first career 2-assist playoff game as he had a goal and a helper in Game 2 against the Rangers in the second round of last season’s playoffs.
2: The last two players to score the Bruins’ first playoff goal are Florek and Wade Redden.
2: The Red Wings, in Game 1, became just the second team to shut the Bruins out this season. The only other team to shut the B’s out this year was the Avalanche on Oct. 10.
2: The Red Wings had just two shots on goal on the power play in Games 1 and 2 combined (0-for-6).
2: Rask’s shutout in Game 3 was the second all-time playoff shutout by a Bruins’ goaltender against Detroit. The first was registered by Don Simmons in the last time these two teams met in the playoffs (1957).
2: Boston fill-ins, Florek and Caron, combined to score as many goals (2) as the Red Wings did in Games 1-3.
2: Rask’s assist on Eriksson’s power-play goal in Game 5 was the second postseason assist of his career. The first came on April 21, 2010 in Game 4 of the first round of the series against the Sabres on the game-winning goal scored by Miroslav Satan.
2: Last postseason, the Bruins’ third line scored two goals in the first three rounds of the playoffs. In five games this postseason, Eriksson, Florek and Soderberg have already matched that total.
2: Daniel Alfredsson had just two shots on goal in the series and neither of them came until Game 5.